Men’s basketball (2-1 tournament, 0-0 OUA, 3-2overall)
Hosting Université du Québec à Montréal (0-3 tournament) at the Jack Donohue Tournament at 2:00 p.m.
Warren Ward 22 points, 12 rebounds; Johnny Berhanemeskel 13 points, 4 rebounds- uOttawa
Eric Coté-Kougnima 14 points, 6 rebounds; Arthaud Plesius 10 points, 3 rebounds - UQAM
The Gee-Gees wrapped up their Jack Donohue Tournament action this afternoon with a decisive 80-62 victory over UQAM and a second place tournament finish.
Having learned from last night’s game, the Gee-Gees came out strong and focused to start the game, sinking 13 points without a Citadins response. UQAM picked it up in the second and third quarter, coming within seven points of the uOttawa squad in the third frame and outscoring the hometown Gee-Gees by nine points in the third. The Gee-Gees once again dominated in the fourth, finishing with a solid 18 point lead over last year’s RSEQ champions.
Third-year veteran guard Warren Ward (London, Ont.) was the leading scorer for the Gee-Gees with 22 points, also grabbing 12 rebounds.
Fifth-year forward Nemanja Baletic (Ottawa, Ont.) and first-year guard Johnny Berhanemeskel (Ottawa, Ont.) were both named to the tournament all-star team. Berhanemeskel had a very strong performance over the weekend with 45 points between the three games, including 13 in this afternoon’s win.
“It’s a different experience coming out of high school,” said Berhanemeskel, “But the team helped me prepare and they just told me to play, not to try new things out and continue to do what I’ve been practicing.”
“I’m happy with the weekend,” said head coach James Derouin. “More than anything, I’m happy with what I saw last night against St-FX. We fought back, down big to start the game last night. The overall effort and fight that we showed for the whole weekend, but last night in particular; I’m real proud of our guys.”
The Gee-Gees will travel to Halifax next weekend for three exhibition games and to gain valuable experience playing on the road. The Gee-Gees will then play their first game of the season and their home-opener on Friday, November 5, 2010 at 8:00 p.m. at Montpetit Hall as they host the Brock Badgers.
With uOttawa, Toronto and St-FX all finishing the tournament with a 2-1 game record, the tournament champion was decided by a points-for and points-against ratio based on the games played between the three teams.
Tallying these scores, St. Francis-Xavier were declared tournament champions, with uOttawa coming in second, Toronto in third and Université du Québec à Montréal finishing fourth.
1st place: St-FX (151 points for, 142 points against)
2nd place: uOttawa (131 points for, 133 points against)
3rd place: Toronto (132 points for, 139 points against)
4th place: UQAM
University of Toronto (2-1 tournament) vs. St. Francis-Xavier University (2-1 tournament)
Jack Donohue Tournament at 12:00 p.m.
Varsity Blues conquer X-Men
Alex Hill 17 points, 7 rebounds; Justin Holmes 14 points, 8 rebounds - Toronto
Alberto Rodriguez 14 points, 2 rebounds; Jeremy Dunn 13 points, 16 rebounds - StFX
It was the fourth quarter that would decide this afternoon’s match-up between Toronto and StFX, with the Varsity Blues fighting to a stunning 77-73 win over the previously undefeated X-Men.
St-FX took the initial lead like in their previous games this weekend, but the advantage switched between the two teams regularly after that point, and by the fourth, Toronto was maintaining a steady lead.
The X-Men had multiple opportunities to tie the score in final minutes, but missing five consecutive free throws did not help their efforts and ultimately, Toronto would hold on for the win.